Mk Neal wrote:One perspective is that you become "indigenous" when another cultural group colonized your land. The term us perhaps more about political power dynamics than ties to land.
Robert Ray wrote: We came to a silent pondering the other day when he brought up the ills brought about by non indigenous peoples and how they could be amended
Mk Neal wrote:One perspective is that you become "indigenous" when another cultural group colonized your land.
I guess when Generation X came on the scene I became indigenous.
Seriously for me even though I, by circumstance have an indigenous relative I have no cultural tie to that.
Through my mother a first generation Canadian and very proud of it, I have relatives with intermittent contact.
From my maternal grandparents, Norwegian immigrants, I have a limited food and language knowledge/rememberances. My wife says I have what she calls weird Scandinavian social quirks.
On my paternal side, where my North American indigenous DNA comes from. I have no cultural connection, I can play the card but it has no real significance other than I have that DNA in the bank.
This question came about when a friend from Mass. A Smith College, Anthropologist graduate started a conversation where our being non-natives we owed for past sins, of taking Indian land, slavery was brought up but I asked that we take one subject on at a time.
The fact that I have indigenous blood made no difference, the fact that my mother didn't immigrate into the U.S. until the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. The fact that my grandparents didn't arrive in the U.S. until 1918, held no sway. I am a bad man for living here.
I don't feel that way, by circumstance beyond my fetal control I arrived here. I belong here, I have assimilated to the current cultural norm, I don't look the part but I guess I can claim I belong in the BIPOC if pressed.
I'm indigenous, I have no significant ties anywhere else. I belong here, and am comfortable in that belief.
Paul Fookes wrote:
But above all we need to realise that it was not me who committed those atrocities on you or you on me, but in order to make both our worlds a better place, we need to meet at a common table